NBC’s ‘Constantine': First Photos of Matt Ryan as DC’s ‘Hellblazer’
NBC's forthcoming 'Constantine' adaptation has piqued fan interest by adapting a more faithful version of DC's 'Hellblazer' than Keanu Reeves' 2005 cinematic incarnation, and the first images of 'Criminal Minds' vet Matt Ryan in character as the DC demon fighter should allay a number of concerns. As part of Slates for Sarah, check out the first look at NBC's new 'Constantine'!
Currently shooting its pilot episode, NBC's 'Constantine' paused for at photo to honor the memory the memory of stunt worker Sarah Elizabeth Jones, who tragically died in February working as a camera assistant Greg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider.' In addition to the 'Constantine' crew's presence, a notably blonde Matt Ryan appears in the photos wearing John Constantine's iconic trenchcoat, a stalwart sign that NBC's incarnation will adhere to the sound and imagery of the classic DC character, give or take his trademark smoking habit.
Neil Marshall will helm the pilot episode of NBC’s ‘Constantine,’ which will be written and executive produced by ‘The Mentalist’ executive producer Daniel Cerone along with DC feature writer David S. Goyer. Marshall previously directed ‘The Descent,’ along with some of the more notable ‘Game of Thrones’ installments, namely “Blackwater” and the always-climactic ninth installment of the upcoming fourth season.
Elsewhere, 'LOST' and 'The Matrix' franchise star Harold Perrineau will take the pilot role of Manny, an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine who has the power to step into other people’s bodies, frequently getting involved in human affairs against orders to save lives. 'True Blood' vet Lucy Griffiths will play Liv, the female lead who teams with Constantine after she is marked for death by a powerful demon, having the ability to see the supernatural world among us.
Additionally, 'True Detective' star Charles Halpert will take the role of Constantine’s comic sidekick Chas, the detective’s oldest friend and staunch companion, who possesses powerful survival skills that might possibly be supernatural. Worth noting is that the 2005 adaptation cast a young Shia LaBeouf as a re-imagined take on the character, while NBC’s version skews much closer to the original comic character.
The original John Constantine first appeared in 1985, created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano, and was designed blond, British and with a chain-smoking appearance likened to Police frontman Sting. We’ve also recently heard that comic Voodoo practitioner “Papa Midnite” will provide a recurring nemesis for NBC’s new series, which has yet to garner a formal pickup.
You can take a look at full photos of NBC's 'Constantine' below, and tell us what you think of Matt Ryan as the iconic DC character in the comments!
UPDATE: Likely to counteract the leak, NBC have released their own full promotional shot of 'Constantine':